Meet our Literacy Teachers at Seward!
Kia Britain Literacy Teacher
Kia Britain


Hello, my name is Kia Britain.

I have had the pleasure of teaching since 2009. I am a native Minnesotan and attended the U of M Twin Cities for undergraduate studies. I received my K-12 reading licensure from Hamline University in St. Paul and hold a Master’s in Education with a concentration in TESOL and Reading from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.

I have a dog named Lando and a cat named Bill Shakespeare. When not teaching, I enjoy yoga, going for walks with my dog, and of course reading! My favorite books are the Harry Potter Series and the Elephant and Piggie books!



Kelly Oltman: I have taught at Seward Montessori for twenty two years.  I received

Kelly Oltman Literacy Teacher
Kelly Oltman
my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota and I attended the College of St. Catherine for my Masters of Arts degree in Montessori Education.  I returned to the University of Minnesota to earn an additional Reading Licensure in 2011.  I am married and I have two children named Samuel (18) and Dinko (14).  I love seeing the world and have been to five of the seven continents, and I hope to visit Antarctica and Australia in years to come.  I also like taking long road trips that get us away from cell towers and wifi.  One of my favorite things to do is to sit around a campfire and listen to my children’s stories.  As a reading teacher, it is not a surprise that I enjoy books too.  I love how books provide a window into lives, times and worlds different than my own.


Julie Lillie has been a Literacy Specialist at Seward since 2016.  Her primary role is leading our literacy school improvement efforts and coaching & collaborating with teachers about reading and writing instruction.   In

Julie Lillie Reading Specialist K-5
Julie Lillie
addition to her ongoing adult professional development focus, Julie also organizes and leads Seward's Green Team. This group of ~75 students in grades 2-5 supports peers with cafeteria waste sorting (organics, trash, recycling) as well as environmental education efforts.  In the past, Julie also served children as a Science Specialist with H5 and Kindergarten. Julie has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and a M.S. in Literacy Education from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. She is passionate about neuroscience, literacy education, equity and environmental stewardship.